Kurush – highest settlement in Europe

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Kurush village and mount Shalbuzdag

Kurush village – location at 2600 meters altitude makes it the highest settlement in Caucasus and Europe.

Kurush is situated on Mount Shalbuzdag (in southern Dagestan), which has the highest peak in the republic at 4142 meters. According to local beliefs, Shalbuzdag is a holy mountain.

Pitsunda-Myussera Biosphere Reserve, Black Sea

Pitsunda-Myussera Biosphere Reserve – located in Abkhazia (Georgia)

Mount Oshten, Adygea

Rocky Ridge – Central Caucasus mountains

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Rocky Ridge is located in Kabardino-Balkaria republic (Chegemsky district), near the border with North Ossetia republic. 

Rocky Ridge stretches for 375 km from Belaya River (a tributary of the Kuban) to Terek river. Elevation ranges from 1200-1700 m to over 3000 m in highest point – Mount Karakaya (3646 m).

Rocky Ridge consists of steep mountain slopes dissected by numerous river valleys. The landscapes contains karst formations, as well as forests and meadows.

Rocky Ridge is located in the vicinity of Upper Balkaria village

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Medieval cathedral Bedia


Bedia cathedral is a 10th century medieval christian temple built by King Bagrat III (King of Abkhazia and Georgia) near Bedia village, Abkhazia.

Dargavs – “city of the dead”

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Dargavs “Dead City” is a pagan necropolis situated in Prigorodny district of North Ossetia republic, in the historic Kurtat gorge.

Dargavs contains 97 crypts, making it the biggest necropolis in North Caucasus. Next to the crypts lies a watchtower, meant to protect and watch over the dead.

The architecture has a visible resemblance to that of Vainkah crypts (found in neighboring Ingushetia and Chechnya). The crypts were built during the pagan era in the Caucasus, before the introduction of Semitic religions (Christianity and Islam).